It would have a mixture of amphibious assault and cargo ships, including two Landing Helicopter Assault Replacement ships (LHAR), one Landing Helicopter Dock ship (LHD), three Large Medium Speed Roll On/Roll Off ships (LMSR), three dry cargo/ammunition carriers (T-AKE), three mobile landing platforms (MLP) and two maritime pre-positioning ships
Divis, Commander, Maritime Pre-positioning Ships Squadron 3 (COMPSRON 3), two squadron ships, the M/V 1st LT Jack Lummus, CAPT David Hagner, Master, and M/V 1st LT Alex Bonnyman, CAPT Robert Mello, Master, contributed to the tsunami humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.
With harbors too small for LCUs (Landing Craft, Utility) and no suitable beaches for LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion) operations, the equipment carried by the MPS (Maritime Pre-positioning ships) was a perfect fit for this mission.
Forty-two ships currently serve in this role: 16 maritime pre-positioning ships
carry equipment and supplies for the Marine Corps; 13 combat pre-positioning ships (also called Afloat Pre-Positioning Ships [APS]-3) carry equipment and supplies for an Army heavy brigade; and 13 logistics pre-positioning ships are loaded with Defense Logistics Agency fuel, Air Force ammunition, Marine Corps aviation support equipment, and Navy munitions.
CBO estimated that the Navy's plan would require spending an average of $2.4 billion a year on ship construction between 2005 and 2035, more than twice the Navy's average annual spending to build amphibious and maritime pre-positioning ships between 1980 and 2004.
Amphibious assault ships would be replaced with ships similar in size and capabilities to existing classes, and maritime pre-positioning ships would be replaced with modern cargo ships that lacked sea-basing capabilities.
Blount Island Command focuses on the maintenance and support of all Maritime Pre-positioning Ships
. It also provides technical assistance to Marine Expeditionary Force commanders for all aspects of planning and deployment.